Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

WASHINGTON - A global mechanical autonomy rivalry in Washington pulled in groups of young people from more than 150 countries. The group that drew the most consideration at the FIRST Global Challenge, which finished Tuesday, was a squad of young ladies from Afghanistan who were twice dismisses for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump interceded. Be that as it may, there were significantly a bigger number of stories than there were groups. Here are a couple:

Groups left with gold, silver and bronze awards in an assortment of classifications.

The Europe group won a gold honor for getting the most combined focuses through the span of the opposition. Poland got silver and Armenia bronze. Finland won a gold honor for winning the best win-misfortune record. Silver went to Singapore and bronze to India.

There were additionally grants for building plan, development and global solidarity, among others. The Afghanistan group won a silver decoration for "fearless accomplishment." The honor perceived groups that showed a "can-do" state of mind even under troublesome conditions or when things turned out poorly arranged. The gold award in that classification went toward the South Sudan group and bronze to the Oman group, whose understudies are hard of hearing.

The 2018 rivalry will be held in Mexico City.

- Young lady POWER:

Sixty for every penny of the groups taking an interest in the opposition were established, driven or sorted out by ladies. Of the 830 teenagers taking an interest, 209 were young ladies. What's more, there were six all-young lady groups, including the Afghan squad as well as groups from the United States, Ghana, Jordan, the Palestinian domains and the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. Vanuatu's epithet: the "Keen Sistas."

Samira Bader, 16, on the Jordanian group, says "it's extremely troublesome for us in light of the fact that everybody considers" building robots is "just for young men." She said her group needs to demonstrate that "young ladies can do it."

The three-young lady U.S. group included sisters Colleen and Katie Johnson of Everett, Washington, and Sanjna Ravichandar of Plainsboro, New Jersey. Colleen Johnson, 16, said her group looks forward "to a day when an all-young ladies group will be not any more unique than an all-young men group or a co-ed group, exactly when that is totally ordinary and acknowledged."

The group contending from Brunei was likewise all female, however a male part beforehand chipped away at the venture.


The group from Iran got some assistance fabricating their robot from American understudies. For reasons unknown the opposition's pack of robot parts including wheels, sections, sprockets, gears, pulleys and belts was not affirmed for shipment to Iran because of approvals including innovation fares to the nation. So the opposition selected a mechanical technology group at George C. Marshall secondary school in Falls Church, Virginia, to offer assistance. Iran's group outlined the robot, and around five Marshall understudies constructed it in the United States.

The group clarified on its opposition site page that "our companions in Washington made our thoughts as a robot."

In view of the time contrast between the nations, the three-part group and its tutor were some of the time up at midnight or 3 a.m. in Iran to converse with their colleagues.

Amin Dadkhah, 15, called working with the American understudies "a great and energizing knowledge for the two of us." Kirianna Baker, one of the U.S. understudies who assembled the robot, concurred. "Having a group over the world with a new arrangement of eyes is exceptionally important," she said.

- Group HOPE:

A gathering of three evacuees from Syria contended as group "Displaced person," otherwise called group "Expectation." All three fled Syria to Lebanon three years back in view of savagery in their nation.

Mohamad Nabih Alkhateeb, Amar Kabour and Maher Alisawui named their robot "Robogee," a blend of the words "robot" and "exile."

Alkhateeb, 17, and Kabour, 16, say they need to be apply autonomy specialists, and Alisawui needs to be a PC build. Kabour said it's essential to the group to win, to "tell the world" displaced people are "here and they can do it."

Alkhateeb likewise said living as an outcast has been troublesome, however he would like to some time or another arrival home.

"I will backpedal after I have completed my training so I can revamp Syria once more," he said.

Exactly 11 million individuals - half of the Syrian populace - have been constrained from their homes.